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NDP folks won't get back again to power at the provincial level and have imploded at the federal level. Why aren't we going to rehire the NDP? Well I see no reason to put public dollars to pay for the assets of private organizations like Covenant Heatlh do you? Why are we paying for this organization's own financial responsibilities? This group is not part of AHS is it? So then why are we adding to the bottom line of a private health care organization? What is the role of Covenant Health in the health care delivery model?

Frankly speaking I am confused about the role of Covenant Health in the health care system in Alberta.
This is a private health care organization.
Recently, the GOA announced that there would money dedicated to upgrades and expansion of one of this private organization's hospital.
So I am curious. This is a private business or corporate entity as I understand it.
Why are public taxpayer dollars being funnelled to pay for the work that has to be done on this hospital? Why is it our responsibility to take on the financial liabilities of this work?
I have asked the GOA these questions on the role of the Covenant Health folks and the reasons why our tax dollars are being spent on increasing the value of assets of said private organization to the detriment of the public health care facilities such as those in Red Deer where doctors have been asking for an expansion --and no one has answered the questions I put in this request for information:
Funding of upgrades and expansion of the Misericordia Hospital (AC435303)
Guess I have to write again.
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No one has yet answered my question on this matter so I need to ask these questions again.

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Funding of upgrades and expansion of the Misericordia Hospital
Hi, In a recent government release I noted that the government of Alberta was striving to reverse the bad decision making of the PCs with the bad decision making of the NDP folks. I am referring to the building of a new emergency for the Misericordia hospital that will cost taxpayers $65 million dollars. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=466000E591E06-F8BE-4249-5070004277723287 Misericordia hospital gets new emergency department A new emergency department is part of a $65-million capital investment in the Misericordia Community Hospital over four years that will improve care for ER patients. ******* This expenditure is in addition to previous upgrades that cost us a bundle as well. http://globalnews.ca/news/3353415/65m-for-misericordia-hospital-will-include-new-emergency- department/ The $65 million is on top of more than $9 million the province has spent on improvements to elevators, water systems, fire alarms and sprinklers. **** I have several questions for the Premier's Office. 1) Why do we even have a Catholic health authority in Alberta? Can you provide me with the legislation that underpins the creation of Covenant Health as an equal health authority to Alberta Health Services? 2) If the decision to create a parallel Catholic health authority in Alberta was simply made by the PCs with no sort of legislative requirements for its existence then why are the NDP folks keeping this entity as a second costly system? 3) If there is legislation that requires this entity to be present why can't the NDP folks simply amend this legislation to ensure that there is only one health authority? 4) If there are no legislative requirements for the people of Alberta to be paying for the upgrades, improvements and expansion of properties owned by this private organisation and health authority of unknown requirements--why are we doing this job? 5) What is the exact role of this private organization in health care services delivery in Alberta and is it subject to the authority of Alberta Health Services? Or is it a power unto itself? 6) Why does the auditor general of Alberta not determine if it is better for us to pay for the properties of private organizations like Covenant Health which appears to be short term decision making rather th
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Frankly speaking I am confused about the role of Covenant Health in the health care system in Alberta.
This is a private health care organization.
Recently, the GOA announced that there would money dedicated to upgrades and expansion of one of this private organization's hospital. 
So I am curious. This is a private business or corporate entity as I understand it. 
Why are public taxpayer dollars being funnelled to pay for the work that has to be done on this hospital? Why is it our responsibility to take on the financial liabilities of this work?
I have asked the GOA these questions on the role of the Covenant Health folks and the reasons why our tax dollars are being spent on increasing the value of assets of said private organization to the detriment of the public health care facilities such as those in Red Deer where doctors have been asking for an expansion --and no one has answered the questions I put in this request for information:
Funding of upgrades and expansion of the Misericordia Hospital (AC435303)
Guess I have to write again.

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an investing in public properties through AHS? Thanks for your assistance. Sincerely, Julie Ali And by the way I haven't received my answers to this query yet: This site is frequently updated to provide you with important information about Alberta programs and services. It's also an opportunity for you to provide your government with feedback on the issues that concern you. Please visit our site again soon to read an article, or send a comment. Internet: Alberta.ca (AC434857) Your message was -- Medical information provided to Pure North S'Energy Foundation by the government of Alberta through AHS
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http://globalnews.ca/news/3353415/65m-for-misericordia-hospital-will-include-new-emergency-department/

April 3, 2017 11:21 am
Updated: April 3, 2017 7:15 pm

$65M for Misericordia Hospital will include new emergency department

By Emily MertzWeb Producer Global News
WATCH ABOVE: On Monday, Alberta's health minister gave more details on plans first announced in last month's budget. As Fletcher Kent reports, Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital will be getting a new emergency department.
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In the Alberta government’s 2017 budget, the NDP announced $65 million over four years for upgrades to Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital. On Monday, the province said that modernization project includes a new emergency department.
“Funding for a new emergency department is a major step forward towards a modern, vibrant Misericordia that meets the needs of the communities in west Edmonton and beyond for generations to come,” said Patrick Dumelie, Covenant Health president and CEO.

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During the 2015-2016 year, the Misericordia saw 51,214 visits to its emergency department; more than double the volume it was designed to accommodate.
The current ER was built in 1969 and it was renovated in 1989.
“The Mis emergency department is the closest hospital for some of Edmonton’s most socio-economically challenged neighbourhoods,” said Tana Fish, program manager of emergency services. “Seniors and people with mental illness represent a large portion of people who come through our doors each day.
“We love the Misericordia and we are proud of the care we provide but there is no question that we work in an environment that has its challenges,” Fish explained. “The space is cramped, there is a lack of privacy… We are excited and grateful for today’s announcement.”
Construction on the new ER will start by late 2018, the province said and will also create “hundreds of good, mortgage-paying jobs,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said.
“The new build will not disrupt current services during construction,” Dumelie said. “The current emergency will be built as a connected part of the hospital.”
The $65 million is on top of more than $9 million the province has spent on improvements to elevators, water systems, fire alarms and sprinklers.
On the operations side, health spending remains the biggest-ticket item of the provincial budget, at $21.4 billion– $685 million more than last year. The 3.2-per cent increase comes despite discussion last year by the province that health spending in Alberta was outpacing per capita spending in other provinces, including British Columbia and Ontario. In the last budget, the province noted it was working with AHS to find ways to cut costs.
AHS will receive $14.7 billion, while $5.2 billion will go to compensate the province’s doctors, an increase of $400 million over last year, though the province says a new agreement with the Alberta Medical Association will save $500 million over two years.
The flood at the Misericordia in May 2013 forced more than 50 patients and more than 160 staff members to be transferred to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Then in 2014, the hospital flooded twice in three weeks because of heavy rainfall.
Since then, there have been calls to replace the hospital, which was built in the 1960s. In 2014, the then-opposition Alberta NDP was among those calling for a replacement hospital.
“Our government is proud to fix problems ignored by the previous government for far too long,” Hoffman said.
“We know the community has been waiting years for improvements at the Misericordia. We are listening and making life better for patients and hospital staff with this investment.”
A report released by AHS in October recommended scaling back upgrades at the Misericordia, to steer funding towards other projects. The same report suggested a new hospital would be needed in Edmonton to keep up with acute care services in the future.

Former premier and current Covenant Health Board Chair Ed Stelmach attended Monday’s announcement.

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I am curious. Everyone is yapping about the money received by the Misericordia Hospital but no one is asking why this hospital is getting ANY money from the government of Alberta.

I have some questions about our funding of such a hospital.

1) This hospital is owned by a private organization--which is Covenant Health. So my first question is why are we paying for an emergency for this private organization?

2) What sort of arrangement does Covenant Health have with AHS that governs the provision of services and what are we obliged to pay for in order to get these services?

3) What sort of oversight does AHS and the government of Alberta have over this private organization?

4) What is the benefit to the public of paying for the maintenance, upgrading and expansion of the facilities owned by a private organization when we could build our own hospitals and keep them as public assets?

5) What sort of role does Covenant Health play in the current health authority set up? What legislation provides them with ANY role at all in the health care system? Who set up this role for Covenant Health and why?

6) Recently in Saskatchewan there was a court ruling indicating that public dollars are not required to go the public school system. Similarly I don't believe that public dollars need to go to a Catholic health authority and as such why are public dollars going to a separate health authority?

7) Why is there no information provided to the public of the legal requirements of Alberta Health with reference to this private organization and it's role in the health care system? It is not clear to me if there are any laws that define the role of Covenant Health and it's requirement for funding by the public. In my opinion, we are wasting money on a second health authority with duplication of bureaucratic systems as well as the major amounts of cash being spent on Covenant Health Executive staff in addition to the AHS executive staff. We're not made of money. If we're not legally required to sustain this second health care authority --it should be dissolved or it should fund itself in terms of maintenance, upgrades and additions.


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Well we are at the half way mark. And what have we for deliverables? A pile of debt, infrastructure-some of which will be built and was required. We might have some of the infrastructure deficit of the Tories addressed as well as the upkeep but as for the rest-such as the hospital in SW Edmonton--that's just a twinkle in the eye while the NDPCs renovate the property of Covenant Health- at the Misericordia Hospital. Covenant Health is a private organization that has inserted itself into the public health care system thanks to the PCs. Why are we paying for the upgrades and expansion of a private organization's assets? Good question.
http://globalnews.ca/…/65m-for-misericordia-hospital-will-…/
In the Alberta government’s 2017 budget, the NDP announced $65 million over four years for upgrades to Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital. On Monday, the province said that modernization project includes a new emergency department.
“Funding for a new emergency department is a major step forward towards a modern, vibrant Misericordia that meets the needs of the communities in west Edmonton and beyond for generations to come,” said Patrick Dumelie, Covenant Health president and CEO.
osophy of the party to us in acts rather than chatter. Now it's between the Tories and the Liberals at the Federal stage and anything but NDP at the provincial level.

The federal NDP is looking for more than just a new leader to replace Tom Mulcair — a search that so far hasn't produced any official candidates. The party also…
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